Florida ace stymies TCU

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL -

OMAHA — The Detroit Tigers’ brass must have been smil­ing af­ter the per­for­mance Alex Faedo put on at TD Amer­i­trade Park. The Florida Ga­tors sure were.

Faedo limited Texas Chris­tian to two sin­gles and struck out 11 in seven in­nings Sun­day night, and Florida posted its first Col­lege World Se­ries shutout since 1991 with a 3-0 win.

The Tigers’ first-round draft pick this month had at least one strike­out each in­ning and re­tired 10 in a row be­fore turn­ing the game over to closer Michael Byrne to start the eighth.

“There have been his­toric great pitch­ers come through — Rosen­blatt and now TD Amer­i­trade — and tonight has to go down as a great, great per­for­mance in the Col­lege World Se­ries his­tory,” TCU coach Jim Schloss­na­gle said.

Faedo mixed his slider with a mid-90s fast­ball dur­ing his dom­i­nant 106-pitch per­for­mance.

“Just throw­ing what­ever Sully wanted me to throw and trust­ing him and Mike,” Faedo said, re­fer­ring to Ga­tors coach Kevin O’Sul­li­van and catcher Mike Rivera.

“They know the hit­ters more than any­one. Just trust­ing them and just at­tack­ing the zone with what­ever they call.”

Jared Janczak (9-1) strug­gled in his four in­nings for TCU (47-17), which will face Texas A&M in an elim­i­na­tion game Tues­day. The Ga­tors (48-18) will take on Louisville, also on Tues­day.

Louisville 8, Texas A&M 4: Louisville had an early five-run lead against Texas A&M and na­tional player of the year Bren­dan McKay was on the mound. It should have been game over, right?

“We knew Texas A&M wasn’t go­ing to fold,” coach Dan Mc­Don­nell said.

The Ag­gies didn’t. They pulled within a run in the sixth in­ning be­fore Sam Bord­ner shut them down with three in­nings of no-hit relief, and the Car­di­nals went on to win their Se­ries opener.

Louisville (53-10) built a 5-0 lead in the sec­ond in­ning against Corbin Martin (7-4). Texas A&M (41-22) chipped away against McKay (11-3) to make it 5-4 be­fore Bord­ner en­tered and con­tin­ued to flash his post­sea­son dom­i­nance.

Bord­ner has given up no runs and one hit in his last 11 in­nings over four ap­pear­ances.

“I think Sam’s been the X fac­tor, a lit­tle un­der the radar,” Mc­Don­nell said. “When you’re in that first out-of-the-bullpen or mid­dle relief role, it’s just not as sexy, and you don’t get as much at­ten­tion. But clearly Sam’s been hot all year.”

Pho­to­graphs by Nati Harnik As­so­ci­ated Press

FLORIDA CATCHER Mike Rivera can’t con­tain his ex­cite­ment af­ter Texas Chris­tian’s Evan Sk­oug strikes out with the bases loaded. The Ga­tors posted their first Col­lege World Se­ries shutout since 1991.

A UNIQUE Louisville cel­e­bra­tion un­folds in the out­field af­ter a hard-fought vic­tory over Texas A&M.

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